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Beer [Feb. 9th, 2010|09:59 pm]
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After muttering to myself (and occasionally to others) for some time, I am now on a new mission: to find a decent alcohol-free beer. So I've decided to blog about this until I get bored with the whole thing: http://hopstodge.wordpress.com/
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The Secret is Out! [Aug. 24th, 2009|08:02 pm]
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Somebody ought to stop Randall -- he keeps telling the world too much.

...but then again, it's mostly only geeks reading his stuff, so it's probably safe. And in this case, isn't it better for the muggles to know?
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A Boa Constrictor Digesting an Elephant [Aug. 4th, 2009|09:13 am]
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Given one of the books I was brought up with, this tickled me...

(Which reminds me, must get hold of a copy to help do strange things to the Youngling's mind when she gets old enough to read it. Though the damage might have already been done by In The Night Garden.)
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Conversation with Miss B. [Jul. 26th, 2009|06:57 pm]
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B: "Daddy, I don't want to sit on the towel."

Me: "OK."

B: "Oh, what's wrong with the cushion?"

Me: "You weed on it."

B: "Oh." (Pause.) "I better sit on the towel."
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Desert Island Spice Rack [Jul. 13th, 2009|01:51 pm]
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After making a comment on a friend's post recently, it left me thinking about what 8 spices (and I figure herbs are also allowed) I would want if I got stuck on a desert island. Well, in no particular order...

Black pepper... So versatile, adds a lovely warmth, just as useful on a bowl of strawberries as on a steak.

Sea salt... Not really a herb or a spice, but I want to make sure I don't have to do without it! (Though I guess if I'm on an island, I should be able to make my own.)

Ginger... Great for adding heat, goes well with so many things, honey and ginger tea is great, and for cakes and biscuits, well...

Nutmeg... Essential for many classic English puddings, which is enough to justify its presence alone.

Cinnamon... Something of a comfort spice, lovely with a variety of fruits and for a general "mmm" factor.

Basil... I'd be hoping for tomatoes to have with this, but even without, it's still worthwhile.

Mint... Works in many situations, not just with lamb, and great for a tea.

Fennel... Well, sooner or later I'll be craving something aniseedy. If I'm allowed the whole plant, then leaves, seeds and stems will all prove useful. If not, then just gimme the seeds (I can always grow the rest then!).

If I get to keep only one... Probably black pepper, but get me on a different day and I might say ginger or mint. Or something else.
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Ready for launch... [Jun. 19th, 2009|10:31 am]
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I was at this May Morning event, but unfortunately I missed this. Well worth a look to see what sort of excitement goes on in Oxford...
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Apostrophe's [May. 12th, 2009|08:50 am]
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Once again I find myself linking to the Chopping Block...


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I'm not sure that's how probability works, Walter [May. 5th, 2009|09:26 am]
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If you wanted an assessment of the risks of the Large Hadron Collider handled in a mature and balanced manner, the Daily Show had a 5 minute slot which will answer all your questions. Truly fantastic stuff here.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2009|03:17 pm]
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I've just got back from May Morning in Oxford (the picture is from outside Magdalen college at just before 6am), which involved lots of dancing, breakfast (with ale and songs!), then a trip to a primary school in Grove, the market square in Wantage, and finally lunch at the Abingdon Arms. A cracking day, though I'm knackered now.
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Poorly Pigs [Apr. 29th, 2009|08:17 am]
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Well, it seems lately my main use for LJ is to post links to Chopping Block cartoons. It's always nice when Butch gets topical...


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